Part 69: Stratum 1: Undying Part 2 Boss: Mars BelatorMany Majin act with surprising purpose rather than simply engaging in the sort of random slaughter one would associate with their monstrous appearances.
- excerpt, Legend Cycles of the Ancients
The guardian of this place wanted to force the issue, so it was time to put the dog down.
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Same group as last time, no reason to mess up a good thing now.
For the first and probably only time ever we actually outnumber the Majin. This is because this is by far the highest leveled set of enemy Majin weve seen in a fourth map. There are two Caprus, a Pyromote, two Velox, and Mars Belator, so were up against three level sevens, a level nine, and a level twelve. Lets take a look at the big dog.
Mars Belator is a straight up physical attacker. Hes got Bleed Attacks and the standard area of effect attack we expect on a melee Majin. Hes vulnerable to all magic that isnt Earth and he also takes extra damage from Strikes. Hes probably one of the easiest Guardians to land an Overkill on in the first run, because we have easy access to his vulnerabilities. Hes also the last Majin I need, so well spare no efforts to grab him.
- Capture the Mars Belator
We push Rondemion up to lure in the nearby Caprus, and this dynamic shot catches one in the process of hitting him with a laughably ineffectual spear attack. We push Komori up and buff Rondemion with Fortify, and then start pushing everyone up. Im certain the Velox will engage no matter what I do so Im going to get ready to meet it with my back group.
A pathetic Majin like you wouldnt understand.
I will pry the answers out of you by force.
We keep pushing forward, making sure to get a speed buff on Alexei so he can keep up with the rest of the tour group. Now that Rondemions turn has come back around, its time to get started on the enemy.
Why do you chase after a ghost?
Why pursue a soul that has long left this world?
We nearly cut the Caprus that speared Rondemion in half with a single blow, which is nice because that puts it in perfect range to die to something else. The Velox below us has noticed us and shoots at Alexei, which gets him a level. The injured Caprus hits Rondemion again then pulls back, and its friend replaces it. We throw magic into the Velox with Vivian and Komori, and an arrow with Velnor. Its level nine, so its not going to fall quickly to anything our mercs can do.
And what do you plan to do about it?
Ill break it with a strike, and then Ill break you.
Rondemion chops the second Caprus down to near death, and then leads Yuri to fry it with a Sacra I, which easily Overkills it. Velox keeps shooting at people, which sucks but I cant spare Rondemion to deal with it. Meanwhile the near-dead Caprus spears Alexei, which is annoying but will be remedied soon.
That cursed book, the Librum Aurora!
You mean Eriels book?
We keep the heat up on the Velox, and our advance has also attracted the Pyromote as well. Rondemion isnt too vulnerable to magic so Im not that worried about it. The last Caprus falls to a Combo from Rondemion and Alexei. Our efforts to chip away at the Velox pay at least one major dividend, they get Vivian a level and Terra II. We push everyone but Vivian, Velnor, and Komori up to deal with the Pyromote and move on to the Belator while they stay behind to deal with the Velox.
But that isnt good enough for me.
The Pyromote catches a brutal sword strike from Rondemion, and I get Velox down to low health for a Combo to finish it off.
And whys that ?
He is already dead.
Youre wrong. Hes very much alive
Stein blasts the Pyromote with an Aqua II but even at single digit health its not quite enough to Overkill it. More failure on the Velox front, as Komori and Velnor arent able to Overkill it with a Combo. Still, now were in range to engage the Mars Belator, and Rondemion runs over and breaks its Demon Aura with a strike from his axe. It replies with a Bleed Attack on him, which manages to get through his resistances annoyingly. Still, we get the status cured and are back in action. As we shift the rest of the party up to assist Rondemion, the man himself lands a Bleed of his own on the boss. The other Velox takes a shot at Stein, which sucks and Bleeds him but its not the end of the world. The Belator hits Alexei, which sucks a bit more, and when I try to Fracture him things go even worse, because Alexei falls to a Counter. Now Im certain Ill need the boss down to one health in order to Overkill him, so I send Stein over for a book-slap to get it to bleed again. Hes luckier than Alexei and isnt Countered, achieving my objective.
Has he transformed into something else?
A Combo from Rondemion and Velnor just manages to Overkill the boss, getting both of them levels. Rondemion gets his Class Change, becoming a Crusader and getting his awesome melee special Heroic Slash. We now slowly drag down the Velox, its almost time to end this.
Time to end this.
You are the one about to meet his end
A Heroic Slash sees the Velos off, and even better we manage a level out of Stein and Yuri capturing the boss.
I have borne witness to your might!
You may have defeated me
But you are no match for what lies ahead. Remember that!
You wont stop me from moving forward.
Mars Belator Lv 12 x 1
Velox Lv 9 x 1
Caprus Lv 7 x 2
Still no sign of Morpheus, though. We rescued some weird creature from the Majin, too.
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(But I didnt find what I was after )
Rondemion, youre so strong!
It was nothing.
No, it wasnt nothing!
Even that Majin said you were a hero!
I have my reasons for coming to Besek.
And Ill need to fight even more Majin.
Thats why you cant come with me anymore.
But Rondemion, Im searching for the Eternal Poison.
Its a foolish errand.
No it isnt. When I find it, itll grant me any wish I want.
So we need to hurry, before its too late.
Im not even sure the Eternal Poison exists.
Thats a pretty big task for someone your age
Cmon, Rondemion, we need to hurry!
No, its dangerous here. Go back to town and wait for me
This is important to me! Why cant I go!?
Promise me youll behave, and youll do as youre told.
Okay! I promise!
Ha Im getting soft in my old age
I just hope I dont come to regret this later.
The Count seems to be missing something.
Im embarrassed to admit that I lost something of mine a few days ago
It was very important to me, and now Im quite distraught
If you run across it, Id be grateful if you informed me immediately.
That mercenary Komoris adopted kid, Nena, wanted to join up with us.
Nena: My adoptive father and I are on a personal mission
Um, are you here to battle Majin as well?
Ummm Are you going to fight the Majin? P-Please, can I come with you?
Th-Thank you so much! I promise I wont slow you down!
We also got joined by an archer from the Knights.
Irina: The Council instructed me to investigate Besek.
If you need any help, my sword is at your disposal.
It seems that Amelie girl came from some other world.
Amelie: I guess there are only regular humans in this kingdom.
Yeah, just humans and those strange bears.
Amelie: Hehehe, you mean the Koona? Theyre so adorable!
Are there other kinds of creatures where youre from?
Amelie: There are two races of people who can fly, the Blackwings and Whitewings.
Like angels ?
Amelie: They are NOT angels, by any means!!!
Amelie: Since the winged ones arrived, its been nothing but misery!
Hey, calm down. Take a deep breath and try talking slower.
Amelie: Okay, sorry I should get some rest.
Also it turns out that weird thing we saved from the Majin can talk.
Kuni: Thanks for savin me! I thought I was a goner!
A talking rabbit ?
Kuni: No, the names Kuni!
I wasnt asking for your name
Kuni: Hahaha! Yer surprised cause I can talk, eh?
I am pretty special, its true but then again, those weird bears talk.
So what can ya really call strange these days, am I right?
I guess youre right
Kuni: Well, nice to meetcha!
I guess its not really weird that theres a talking rabbit, though. Anyway, were getting ready to return to Besek. Morpheus is still out there.